The Potato Chip Club Exhibit

The Potato Chip Club Exhibit
July 01, 2017

Painting by Arnold Lopes

The Potato Chip Club Exhibit

July/August 2017 Hunters Woods Exhibit

Acrylic, acrylic mixed media and watercolor works by Myron (Mike) Kantor, Arnold Lopes and Allan Shure

Exhibit Dates:  July 3 – August 18, 2017

Reception: Sunday, July 23, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


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Myron (Mike) Kantor and Allan Shure were friends while growing up in Norfolk.  They lost touch, however, until some 50 years later when they met in one of Arnold Lopes’ art classes at Reston Community Center.  That chance meeting developed into “The Potato Chip Club” where Mike and Allan get together to pursue art in their own way with guidance (and potato chips) from Arnold. “Arnold always brings potato chips,” Myron said.  “And not just any old potato chip, it must be kettle cooked,” Arnold says. “Sharing in the fatty, salty snack, we paint, talk about art, sports, politics, life and family.”   They meet every Monday afternoon in a space donated by Leslie Hemsworth, owner of Art Frame Solutions where Arnold also works.  

Kantor and Shure










Paintings by Allan Shure (left) and Mike Kantor (right).

Mike Kantor's paintings reflect this philosophy: “A work of art mirrors the psychological and intellectual tensions of the times, the impulses, ideas and concepts that leave their mark on a particular period, while also serving as a guide to the personal adventures of mind and spirit within the artist himself.”  After Mike received his B.A. in American Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, he worked in retail in New York City where his passion for art developed during countless hours spent in art museums.  He completed a Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro and worked as a college career counselor for several years. In 1976, he returned to his family business in Norfolk from which he retired in 2000.  Mike has pursued his love of art by continuing to visit museums and exhibits, studying his extensive collection of art books, and painting his own creations under the guidance of several artists.  In 2014, he and his wife moved to Reston.

Arnold Lopes was born in the Hawaiian Islands. He spent most of his youth moving up and down Highway 101 in California where he honed his skills as a theater set painter. In the museums and libraries of Hawaii and California, Arnold was drawn to artists like Rene Magritte, Salvador Dali, Roger Dean, Hieronymus Bosch, Michelangelo, Kelly Freas, and Frank Frazetta. Arnold’s love for science fiction and a layman's passion for astronomical discovery show in his work. He earned an art degree from the University of Hawaii in 1998 and is currently teaching art at the Reston Community Center Lake Anne. He is also an expert framer and can be found most days at Art Frame Solutions in Reston.  He lives in Leesburg, Virginia with his family.

Allan Shure, now living in Reston with his wife, was born in Norfolk, VA. A graduate of Old Dominion University and a Certified Public Accountant, Allan has spent his career in accounting in both large public and small private companies. He has had a lifelong interest in art starting with mechanical drawing and graphics. After taking several courses in drawing and painting at community centers, he developed an interest in studying the impressionists and post-impressionists, giving his own spin on their work in his paintings. Many of the works in this exhibit are a result of Allan’s focus on using the blending and impasto techniques available to an oil painter in his acrylic works reminiscent of Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir, Van Dongen, Dufy, and Vettriano.